Church of England: Coronavirus – cessation of church services

The Church of England has announced this afternoon, 17 March, that “Public worship will have to stop for a season. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold”.

In a joint letter, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York call for Church of England churches to suspend public worship and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus. But they also say that, far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and in serving others.

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